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Economic Update – April 26, 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010




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Last Week in the News

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New home sales rose 26.9% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000 units from an upwardly revised rate of 324,000 units in February. Economists had expected a pace of 330,000 units. It was the biggest monthly increase in 47 years.

The index of leading economic indicators — designed to forecast economic activity in the next three to six months — rose 1.4% in March after a revised 0.4% gain in February. It was the 12th straight monthly increase and the fastest pace of growth in 10 months.

The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage applications for the week ending April 16 rose 13.6%. Purchase volume increased 10.1%. Refinancing applications jumped 15.8%.

The producer price index, which tracks wholesale price inflation, rose 0.7% in March, following a 0.6% decrease in February. Economists had expected a 0.4% rise. The increase was largely due to a sharp rise in vegetable prices after a cold snap damaged crops in Florida.

Existing home sales rose 6.8% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million units from 5.01 million units in February. The inventory of unsold homes on the market rose 1.5% to 3.6 million, an 8-month supply at the current sales pace, down from an 8.5-month supply in February.

Orders for durable goods — items expected to last three or more years — fell 1.3% in March after a revised 1.1% increase in February. Excluding volatile transportation-related goods, orders posted a monthly increase of 2.8%.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by 24,000 to 456,000 in the week ending April 17. Continuing claims for the week ending April 10 fell by 40,000 to 4.6 million.

Upcoming on the economic calendar are reports on the housing price index and consumer confidence on April 27, and gross domestic product on April 30.

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Homebuyer Tax Credits to Expire – ACT NOW!!!

Friday, April 2nd, 2010




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The Homebuyer Tax Credits Expire Soon

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The homebuyer tax credits will expire soon. If you want to take advantage of these tax credits, you must act now. The tax credits are available to buyers who sign purchase agreements on a new or existing primary residence between December 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010. Buyers have until June 30 to close on their new home.

In addition to offering the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit, the new law also allows a $6,500 credit for repeat or move-up homebuyers who have lived in their primary residence for five years or more.

There is an $800,000 price limit on all homes eligible for the credit. The income limits for all buyers are $125,000 per year for individuals and $225,000 for married couples. The first-time homebuyer credit is available to those who have not owned a home in the previous three years. The credit does not have to be repaid unless the home is sold or ceases to be the primary residence within three years.

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The above content is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a tax advisor. We are not a law firm, nor a CPA firm.

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Home Improvement Tax Benefits for 2010

Friday, February 19th, 2010




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Benefits for 2010


For your clients, going green pays and saves. According to a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, for every dollar decrease in annual home energy expenditures, house values increase between $11.63 and $20.73.

Also, going green can lower the tax bill. New federal tax credits are now available for green home improvements on a principal residence. Qualifying modifications must meet a certain energy efficiency level to be eligible for the credit.

The credits are available for improvements purchased and in service from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2010. The amount of the credit is deducted from any income taxes the homeowner may owe. The credit is nonrefundable, allowing taxpayers to lower their tax liability to zero, but not below zero.

Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, up to $1,500, in 2009 through December 31, 2010 (for existing homes only) for:

  • Windows and Doors
  • Insulation
  • Roofs (Metal and Asphalt)
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Water Heaters (non-solar)
  • Biomass Stoves

Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit through December 31, 2016 (for existing homes and new construction) for:

  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Water Heaters
  • Small Wind Energy Systems
  • Fuel Cells

Make sure your clients purchase products that come with a Manufacturer Certification Statement — a statement from the manufacturer that indicates the product qualifies for the tax credit. For record keeping, experts advise that homeowners retain all receipts.

Additional details can be found at www.energystar.gov/taxcreditsand www.homedepot.com/taxcredit

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